Suspect is arrested for ‘sending a letter containing the deadly poison RICIN to Donald Trump in a package addressed to the White House’
- Unidentified individual was arrested by CBP agents trying to enter the United States from Canada, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News Sunday.
- The FBI said on Saturday that a packet of poison addressed to Trump was intercepted on screens this week before reaching the White House.
- Packages were also sent to a sheriff’s office and detention facility in Texas
- No further details on the suspicion have been confirmed at this time
- Officials said Saturday they believed it was shipped from Canada and were looking for a Canadian woman in relation to the packages
- Ricin is a deadly poison that can kill in the amount of a few grains of salt
A suspect was arrested for allegedly sending a letter containing the deadly poison ricin to Donald Trump in a parcel addressed to the White House.
The unidentified individual was arrested by customs and border protection officers trying to enter the United States from Canada, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Sunday.
No further details about the suspect such as age, name or gender have been confirmed at this time.
However, an official told the New York Times Saturday that authorities were looking for a Canadian woman in connection with the deadly packages.
Suspect was arrested for allegedly sending a letter containing the deadly poison ricin to Donald Trump in a parcel addressed to the White House
The suspicious letter addressed to the president was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, the FBI revealed Saturday.
All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and checked in a secure offsite facility prior to delivery.
The envelope for the White House was captured at the offsite final processing facility where mail is checked before being sent to the White House post office.
Lab tests confirmed the presence of ricin – which is deadly if inhaled – in the letter and an FBI investigation has been launched to locate the sender.
‘The F.B.I. and our partners in the United States Secret Service and the United States Postal Inspection Service are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail center, ” the FBI said in a statement Saturday.
“At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.”
Law enforcement sources on Saturday said they believe the package was sent from Canada.
The suspect also reportedly sent other packets of poison to a detention facility and a sheriff’s office in Texas.
All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and checked in a secure offsite facility prior to delivery
It was said that only one package was aimed at a political figure.
It is not clear when one of the packages was sent or who the recipients of the other packages were.
Furthermore, there is still no indication that the poison packets are linked to international terrorist organizations.
Ricin is a very potent toxin derived from castor beans and is extremely lethal if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested.
Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be lethal for adults.
Deadly ricin was previously used to target American politicians through the mail.
Ricin is a very potent toxin derived from castor beans and is extremely lethal if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested. Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be lethal for adults
In 2014, actress Shannon Richardson, who appeared on The Walking Dead, was convicted of sending ricin-containing envelopes addressed to then-President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
She was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Ricin was also featured in a multi-season plot arc on the television series Breaking Bad, which inspired several real-life criminal schemes involving poison.
In 2014, Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman pleaded guilty to a federal charge after a bag of ricin was found in his dorm room.
Prosecutors say he planned to use it on another student he had previously had an affair with. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison.